Crusading for Chemistry: The Professional Career of Charles Holmes Herty

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University of Georgia Press, May 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 498 pages

In this biography of Charles Holmes Herty (1867–1938), Germaine M. Reed portrays the life and work of an internationally known scientist who contributed greatly to the industry of his native region and who played a significant role in the development of American chemistry. As president of the American Chemical Society, editor of its industrial journal, adviser to the Chemical Foundation, and as a private consultant, Herty promoted southern industrial development through chemistry. On a national level, he promoted military preparedness with the Wilson administration, lobbied Congress for protection of war-born chemical industries, and sought cooperation and research by business, government, and universities.

In 1932, he established a pulp and paper laboratory in Savannah, Georgia, to prove that cheap, fast-growing southern pine could replace Canadian spruce in the manufacture of newsprint and white paper. As a direct result of Herty's research and his missionary-like zeal, construction of the south's first newsprint plant was begun near Lufkin, Texas, in 1938.


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The Formative Years
Saving the Naval Stores Industry
The Chapel Hill Years 19051916
Herty and the American Chemical Society
The Mouthpiece of Chemistry
Fighting for an American Dyes Industry
Herty and the Synthetic Organic Chemicals Manufacturers
Herty and the Chemical Foundation
Promoting Southern Industry Through Chemistry
The Savannah Pulp and Paper Laboratory
The Souths First Newsprint Mill

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About the author (2010)

Germaine M. Reed is an associate professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of David Boyd, Founder of L.S.U., and coauthor of Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech, 1885–1985 (Georgia).

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